Middle Tennessee man arrested in Alabama with 4.5 pounds of Khat in Green Tea bags

Shawki Adam Salah-Arrested in Alabama for possession of Khat. PHOTOS: Decatur Police Department-Alabama

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Police in Alabama have arrested a Middle Tennessee man found with 4.5 pounds of a Khat, considered a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance similar to amphetamine.

According to the Decatur Police Department, Shawki Adam Salah, of Madison, Tennessee, was pulled over for driving an SUV with no visible license plate. The officer found Salah was also driving on a suspended driver's license.

A K-9 called to the scene indicated the presence of a narcotic and a search of the SUV found 4.5 pounds of cathinone, otherwise known as Khat. The drug was packaged to look like green tea according to the DPD.

The shrub, native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is most-prevalent among immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia, and Yemen, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Nashville is among the cities the DEA lists as having "a substantial population of these immigrants."

Salah was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, and driving with a no/plainly visible tag.

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